Experts expect demand to continue to grow in the years to come. “Both products will have important roles in enabling the transportation of passengers and goods in the future,” says Michael Große Erdmann, Market Manager at ZF. “For instance, many of the e-buses used in cities have their batteries on the roof. Without CDC, the high center of gravity would cause the vehicle to roll, resulting in discomfort for the driver and passengers”, adds Stefan Filter Division W’s Strategic Marketing Leader for Suspension and Powertrain.
Another future need could be for CDC and CALM to support “platooning”, a driving configuration enabling several trucks to tailgate each other with very short distances using connectivity technology and automated driving support systems. In its ultimate automated implementation, only the first truck will be steered by a driver, and the others would follow autonomously. In the near future, however, all vehicles will still be manned in interlinked convoys. The drivers of the tailgating trucks then have little opportunity to attune themselves to the curves in the road and any unevenness, which can easily lead to motion sickness. This is where optimum driver’s cabin damping such as CALM or also CDC can help.
In addition, the pursuit of increased safety in freight transportation and greater comfort for the driver is not just a European phenomenon. This trend is also gaining ground in the highly dynamic markets of the BRIC countries – with commensurate market opportunities for ZF.